Higgins Wins in Race for 27th Congressional District

September 27, 2013 Updated Nov 2, 2010 at 11:08 PM EDT

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Higgins Wins in Race for 27th Congressional District

September 27, 2013 Updated Nov 2, 2010 at 11:08 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Democrat incumbent Brian Higgins wins re-election in the 27th U.S. House District over Republican Leonard Roberto.

Brian Higgins was elected to the 27th Congressional District seat in 2004, which covers a large portion of Buffalo, southern Erie County and all of Chautauqua County.

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The incumbent Democrat faces a challenge in this election from political newcomer, Republican Leonard Roberto.

Higgins, who has been an active voice and force for development and funding for Buffalo's waterfront, has also been a strong supporter of the health care reform bill signed by President Obama earlier this year.

Higgins Website

Roberto, who is a business owner and western New York native, says his first order of business in the House of Representatives would be to work towards repealing the health care reform bill.

Robert, who is also Vietnam veteran, has criticized Higgins for voting in line with House Speaker over 99 percent of the time.

Roberto Website

The race appears to be close, though specific poll numbers have not been released.